RBS buys FreeAgent for £53m

The Royal Bank of Scotland has bought Edinburgh-based accountancy software provider FreeAgent, in a deal worth £53 million.
FreeAgent’s share price increased by more than 80% in a single day following the news.
RBS BidCo will acquire all of the issued and to-be-issued ordinary share capital, with shareholders entitled to receive 120 pence for each FreeAgent share held.
The cloud accountancy company directors have reportedly advised shareholders to accept the deal.

we reveal five apps that will help you stay on top of your business finances and grow your business.
Editor | 26 February 2018
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On average, people are supposed to check our phones 85 times a day. But we bet that entrepreneurs use their phones an awful lot more than that.
Many entrepreneurs run their lives via their mobile phones, keeping appointments, organising staff and managing tasks - so doesn’t it make sense to manage your business finances there too?
In this blog post, we reveal five apps that will help you stay on top of your business finances and grow your business.

FreeAgent lets you see who your best (and worst) customers are

A new feature in cloud accountancy software FreeAgent makes it easy to see who your best and worst customers are.
The Customer Sales Report was one of FreeAgent’s most requested features. It could play a key role in deciding who you should do business with in the future.
The new report shows you exactly how much income you’ve received from different clients in a given time frame. You can examine different periods of time and compare results from different months and years.

Calls to tackle late payments after Carillion crisis

The collapse of the UK’s second largest construction company has, once again, brought late payments to the top of the national news schedule.

In the wake of Carillion’s liquidation, many small firms have been left in an uncertain position – unsure if they will be paid what they are owed.

For some firms, the problem has been compounded by the Carillion group’s punishing 120-day maximum payment terms.

This tax season, more than 10,000 taxpayers submitted their online returns on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, ahead of the January 31 deadline. Figures released by HMRC show that 2,590 people filed their online self-assessment returns on Christmas Day and a whopping 7,655 submitted on Boxing Day. With a further 6,033 returns submitted on Christmas Eve, the total number of tax returns submitted over the festive period beats last year’s figure of 14,000 filed over the three days. HMRC released these figures as

This tax season, more than 10,000 taxpayers submitted their online returns on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, ahead of the January 31 deadline.
Figures released by HMRC show that 2,590 people filed their online self-assessment returns on Christmas Day and a whopping 7,655 submitted on Boxing Day.

New VAT rules for eBay and Amazon sellers
Editor | 23 March 2018
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The Government has granted HMRC strong new powers to make sure that online sellers are paying the right level of tax.

The key changes force online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay to clampdown on online sellers that aren’t paying the right level of VAT.

First announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget in 2017, the new rules took effect last week.

They are designed to create a fair playing field between businesses that abide by tax laws and UK and international companies that flout them.

Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride, said: “Whilst the honest majority pay what they owe, some businesses that sell goods online to UK shoppers are failing to pay the correct amount of VAT.

Ebay Tax Help
Editor | 8 February 2018
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Rising prices and flat wage growth contributed to a 30% surge in new business sellers on eBay last month.
Last year, the e-commerce platform announced, the top 10 most successful new businesses registered on eBay turned over a combined £6m through their online stores.
Cloud Accountant specialises in accounting and tax support to businesses that sell on eBay.

Alien encounters and other bad excuses for late tax returns

With less than a week to go before the self-assessment deadline, HMRC has revealed some of the worst excuses taxpayers have offered after failing to complete their returns on time.
Topping the list was the unlikely claim that “I couldn’t file my return on time as my wife has been seeing aliens and won’t let me enter the house”.

Forty percent of freelancers want to retire before their sixties

A survey of self-employed workers has found that more than four in ten freelancers hope to retire before they turn 61.
The new research focused on freelancer’s plans in 2018 and beyond. But with separate research suggesting that freelancers are not saving enough for their retirement – careful money management will become more important for self-employed people.
Cloud accounting software packages like Xero and FreeAgent can help freelancers save for their future.

HMRC outlines points-based late payment penalties

At the start of December, HMRC announced plans to introduce a driving penalty ‘points’ system to punish late-paying taxpayers.
The points-based system would be introduced as part of the shift towards ‘Making Tax Digital (MTD),’ which will see many taxpayers submitting tax returns more regularly.
Now the tax authority has outlined their plans in more detail, suggesting that tax customers will receive a point every time they fail to submit on time.

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